As people flooded into the room, you could feel the energy building up as the smile on faces throughout the room spread quickly just before the lights shut off for the show everyone had come to see. Knox Morris had sold out his entire ‘The I’m So Good At Being Alone Tour.’ To get the crowd warmed up was opener, MaryJo. Between her original songs that were upbeat and had the crowd on their feet and a cover of “Still Into You,” by Paramore, it didn’t take long to get the crowd on their feet dancing and singing along. She jokingly told the crowd that Knox asked if he could close the show for her. With her stage presence and her crowd interactions, the crowd quickly fell in love with MaryJo and her performance. Knox sold out his first ever headline show just a few short months previously right across the street at The End. Now, selling out Exit/In and seeing his name posted up high on the marquee in his hometown, the show brought so many special surprises.
The highly anticipated moment had come faster than expected, cheers echoing throughout the room, the opening notes to “Love Letter” began. He went all in for the hometown show, playing all of his songs from the fan favorites, underground hits and even unreleased. His band’s chemistry and energy on stage was contagious and was quickly picked up by everyone in the room. When Knox wasn’t singing, he was splitting the room in half to see which side could sing the loudest and getting pranked by his crew, bandmates and friend, Charlotte Sands, who all wore blue wigs and joined him for their performance of “We’re Not In Love Anymore.” Nearing to the end of the show introducing his single “Here’s To Us,” Knox told everyone to hug their friends that the came with, creating an atmosphere so special of strangers embracing each other and friends gathered all around, singing all of the words and soaking up the final moments of what would be a night to remember from everyone there. Finally, Knox closed out the show with his hit song, “Not The 1975.” With support from his family, friends, and fans that showed up to the show and sung every lyric back to him, the show was one that left a lasting impression on everyone in the room.
- Molly Greco
Photos courtesy of Abbie Murphy (For Bell Music Magazine)